Top 5 Cheesiest: Valentine's Day Flicks
Valentine’s Day is in the air, and with this romantic atmosphere, disasters haunt the air as well… for those who cannot find a good movie to watch, that is. Whether one is looking for the perfect movie to watch on a sub-par [at the most] Valentine’s Day date, or simply looking to set the mood for an intimate night spent with a container of Ben & Jerry’s, any of these movies would be an excellent addition to anyone’s romantic holiday.
On a scale of mozzarella to pepperjack, this movie is rated at about a sharp cheddar on the cheesiness scale. Having first been released in theaters on Feb. 14, 2014, Endless Love was made for Valentine’s Day audiences everywhere. It follows the love story of Jade Butterfield and David Butterfield, two high school graduates who attempt to plan their lives after high school over a summer of romance. This movie has heartbreak, love, loss, and adultery; all the traits that any self-respecting romantic cheeseball movie should have. Rated at a generous 58 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, one should not expect the most high quality acting from this movie, but it remains entertaining nonetheless.
Letters to Juliet
With a plot at least more original than Endless Love, Letters to Juliet scores much lower on the cheesiness scale. A chick flick if there ever was one, Letters to Juliet takes place Verona, Italy, the setting for the classic Shakespearean love story Romeo and Juliet. While visiting Verona, the movie’s main character, a fact checker visiting from New York, stumbles across a group of women who answer women’s “letters to Juliet,” giving them advice on relationships. When Sophie reads one of these letters, she attempts to track down the author and help reunite her with her long lost love. A movie described as being “very nearly perfect without being especially good” by the New York Times, Letters to Juliet would be a unique yet fitting movie to watch this Valentine’s Day.
A movie all too familiar with the holiday struggles it was named for, the plot of Valentine’s Day brings its audiences into the lives of various couples and singles on Valentine’s Day, as they navigate through the pressures and social conventions it entails. While not as cheesy as some other movies, one could practically predict each event in the plotline, making it a little unoriginal and stereotypical. That being said, it is relatable to both audiences in relationships and those who are single, making it a good movie choice for this holiday.
As far as this movie is concerned, its overwhelming influence on pop culture [and, okay, memes] only further enhances its cheesiness. In a Romeo and Juliet theme, a mill worker and a rich girl fall in love in 1940s South Carolina, despite the disapproval of their parents. Fate seems to work against their romance, and the couple goes through a period of separation until their love is rekindled years later. Based on the novel of the same name by Nicholas Sparks, this movie is the perfect excessively romantic chick flick that any Valentine’s Day enthusiast would crave. For the faint of heart or oversensitive, a box of tissues may be needed during the viewing of this film.
Sleepless in Seattle
This Valentine’s Day movie, although not as popular as others, brings together the perfect blend of cheesiness and quality acting by iconic duo Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. Having just recently suffered the loss of his wife, Hanks’ character attempts to rebuild his life with his son in Seattle. When his son calls a radio station on Christmas telling the announcer that his father needs a new wife, Ryan’s character writes a letter to the two saying that they should meet in New York on Valentine’s Day. Whilst inevitably cheesy and unrealistic, this movie offers heartwarming moments and interesting characters that would interest most viewers.